Charlie Miller wrote:
"This Midnight Hour was on the end of Rob Eaton's 2/14/70 Dat, which he got from Dick Latvala. It was labeled as the encore. Obviously, it's not from 2/14/70. You can tell by the mix that it is from 1968."
This is mistaken. It sounds little like 1968 (the guitar sound is quite different); and Tom Constanten is on organ, not Pigpen. Late '69 would've been my guess.
(If you'd like to hear Pigpen play organ in Midnight Hour, try 8/21/68 or 6/4/70 - he plays much more simply.)
In fact, this Midnight Hour is the encore from the Family Dog, 9/6/69. David Lemieux has included this a couple times on the dead.net Taper's Section.
(The Archive just has the first 40 minutes of the show. The Vault just has the last two songs, Casey Jones & Midnight Hour. Jefferson Airplane played after the Dead - in fact, on the Taper's Section clip you can hear Garcia saying after MH, "Jefferson Airplane, coming up next.")
This is a poor performance. Despite its length, there's almost no jamming (Garcia in particular is disappointing), and half the time is taken up by Pigpen telling the audience to stand up while the band just piddles around.
Listen to this when I only have 15 minutes to get-my-head-out-of-my-ass
March 22, 2009 Subject:
Pigpen at his best
Many, many thanks (as always) for all the hard work from everyone involved with this archive!!
This is definitely sweet music to my ears, Pig slowing the show done at will, working the crowd, and leading the band through the song.
Pig's groove didn't always work, sometimes it failed miserably, but when it did work, Pig was that little bit extra that put this band on another level they were never able to reach again after his retirement/death.
I can't wait, but hope we have a date for this one soon (and for that Viola mentioned from 1/23).
Reviewer:Cliff Hucker -
March 11, 2009 Subject:
How exciting to hear something new from 1968, even though this is really not very compelling on its own. I do wonder which show this came from? (90 pts)
Apparently there is more '68 music emerging from the vault, including a Violas from 1/23. Let's hear it!
March 5, 2009 Subject:
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD collection, especially if you are a Pigpen fan like I am.
5 stars for the mix, recording, sound, and performance.
Can you have enough Pigpen? Some can....I can't.
Thank you Mr. Miller for sharing this with us Pigpen fans, we still miss him ..."ALLIGATOR!!!!"...Oops it still comes out...after all these years...
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.